Add this book to your library. While reading Secrets of the Plumed Saint, you will become immersed in the daily life of a rural village in northern New Mexico. Elizabeth Ann Galligan’s characters have all the flaws and foibles of your neighbors, friends and family. Her description of the santero, Old Mister Benavídez, and the process he went through in creating the Plumed Saint (the Santo Niño de Atocha) is extremely interesting and reveals techniques used by traditional New Mexican saint carvers.
Gene Bundy is Special Collections librarian, Golden Library, Eastern New Mexico University,Portales, New Mexico.